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87 GL Hatch keeps eating inner CV boots
Posted 10 October 2005 - 03:40 PM
I had a CV boot go out on my hatch (1987 GL Hatch 4wd, dual range 4spd) a couple of months ago, and when I took it into my mechanic, he said that it needed a new passenger side front axle. No real surprise considering the age and mileage, so I had him go ahead and do it. He couldn't source the correct axle, (after ordering a couple of them from the junkyard) and finally ended up putting together an axle with new moving parts using partly my old axle and partly the one from the junkyard. He put on new boots at the time.
Things fit together fine, the car drove fine, and then it blew out the inner CV boot a month or so later. My mechanic replaced it under warranty, and it has now blown out a new inner CV boot a second time after another month and a half. We thought the first might just be a defective part, but when the second one went out in exactly the same way, I figured we must be doing something wrong.
He ordered 2 new axles for me last week (neither one of which has the right splines) and will keep ordering parts until he gets me what I need to get things fixed. My mechanic is completely honest and hasn't charged me anything since the first time he fixed it, and he won't charge me anything more for fixing it again either. But, I feel for the guy because he seems kinda stumped and he has now had my car up on his lift more than a couple times with the same problem. He's a Honda guy but he's the best import guy in town.
Anyone out there in TV land run into this before or have a suggestion for my mechanic?
Posted 10 October 2005 - 05:49 PM
Firts problem I had was that the shop I was working I was using, was just getting a generic cv joints for the car, not noting the engine/tranny combo. Make sure you are getting the proper axles. I went thru 3 axles in a mmonth because of this.
A year later, my baby started doing it again. Alas it was terminal cancer and the subframe was giving out. I drove the car as a 2rwd for a while, but it wasnt safe, and it had to be retired.
Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:09 PM
Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:18 PM
Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:43 PM
For some reason these cars seem to be sensative to things being perfect, The tranny mount may be the key to the entire thing ...
Posted 11 October 2005 - 01:11 AM
I had a customer running around with a ea82 axle in her 1989 Hatch. When he orders axles, make him order it for a 84 ea81 hatch and the right parts will come in.
Posted 11 October 2005 - 01:36 AM
Posted 11 October 2005 - 07:52 AM
i have an 88 hatch, cant find new/reman axles for it. i got some from an 84 wagon but they wont do for long.
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